Continuing Studies

Deans' Lunchtime Lecture Series

Spring 2016 at the Greater Victoria Public Library

Research is reshaping the way we live and think. Meet distinguished members of the faculties at UVic and learn about their research interests. Find out what's new and shape your understanding of the world around you.

GVPL LogoThe series is presented in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library, the Division of Continuing Studies and the Faculties of Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Graduate Studies, Human and Social Development, Humanities, Law, Science and Social Sciences.

All lectures are held at the Greater Victoria Public Library, Central Branch, 735 Broughton Street. Parking is available underground and you are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

Admission to these popular lectures is free. Please register online or by calling 250-472-4747 to reserve your seat. If you are unable to attend, please let us know so that we can offer a seat to someone on the waitlist.

What's New in Graduate Studies? ASDS279 E01

Heiltsuk and Wuikinuxv Rock Art: Applying DStretch to Reveal a Layered Landscape A Case Study on the BC Central Coast
Aurora Skala, MA, Department of Anthropology
Friday, January 22: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

From 2013-2015 Aurora Skala, MA conducted research, through UVic and the Hakai Institute, on rock art on the Central Coast of British Columbia, in non-contiguous areas within Heiltsuk Nation Territory and Wuikinuxv Nation Territory. She has also documented rock art for several other Nations in the region. The primary focus of her research was to document the rock art, which in many instances had not previously been recorded by an archaeologist. To do this, she used DStretch, to digitally adjust the contrast of the images and bring out barely-visible pigment. This work was a community-engaged endeavor and almost all the people who worked on the project were hired from within the descendant community of the regions' rock art. Some of Aurora's additional interests are: underwater archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, ethnobotany food preservation and storage, community-engaged activities and cultural rediscovery, soil/sediment analysis, midden excavations, lithic and faunal analysis.

What's New in Social Sciences? ASDS240 E01 What Have we Learned?
Trisalyn Nelson, PhD, Department of Geography, UVic
Friday, January 29: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Dr. Trisalyn Nelson is UVic's Lansdowne Research Professor in the Spatial Sciences and Director of the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research (SPAR) Lab. Dr. Nelson conducts research using maps and GIS and has worked on a wide range of research topics including beetles, bears, and, most recently, bikes. On October 6th, 2014 Dr. Nelson and her team launched, a website for citizen mapping of cycling safety concerns. Since its launch, over 1700 cycling incidents have been mapped in 20 countries. The extensive mapping by citizens of the CRD has allowed Dr. Nelson and her team to explore where and when cycling safety is an issue in Victoria. Join us to learn how UVic research is providing new insights to support safer cycling!

What's New in Humanities? ASDS259 E01

What's New in African Visual Arts: The Case of Francophone African Cinemas
Sada Niang, PhD, Department of French, UVic
Friday, February 5: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Sada Niang graduated from the universities of Paris X, Nanterre (France), Toronto and York (Canada). He is Professor of French and Francophone literatures, African and Caribbean cinemas in the Department of French at UVic. His research has appeared in French and English in numerous academic journals.

In 1976, he co-authored a three-volume textbook on African literature written in English for African ESL students. In 1989, he coedited African Continuities/L'héritage africain. (Térébi, Toronto, 1989); in 1996, he edited Littérature et cinéma en Afrique francophone: Ousmane Sembène et Assia Djebar. (L'Harmattan, Paris, 1996); in 2010, he co-edited Un viatique pour l'éternité: Hommage à Ousmane Sembène. (Dakar: Papyrus, 2010). Niang is the single author of two monographs: Djibril Diop Mambéty: un cinéaste à contre courant. (L'Harmattan, Paris, 2002) translated into Spanish as Djibril Diop Mambéty, Cineasta Africano. (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Casa Africa, 2011) and Nationalist African Cinema: Legacy and Transformations (Lanham, Rowman Littlewood Press, 2014).

In addition Niang has published over thirty refereed articles and book chapters, as well as numerous book/film reviews. From 1980 to 1984, he acted as the Editor of Journal et Bulletin de l'Association Canadienne des Enseignants Noirs. He has co-edited two special issues (2001 and 2009) of the scholarly journal Présence Francophone, both dealing with African cinemas.

What's New in Human and Social Development? ASDS282 E01

The Refugee Crisis Will Define Europe for a Century
Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, PhD, School of Public Administration, UVic
Friday, February 26: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly joined UVic's School of Public Administration in 2001. He is a professor of public policy, whose specific research focuses on comparative urban and border politics and policies. He worked for the French public sector for 10 years and taught at Western University (Canada) and University of Notre Dame (USA) prior to joining UVic where he is Jean Monnet Chair in European Urban and Border Region Policy, Director of the European Union Centre for Excellence. He is the current 'lead' for the Borders In Globalization research program that brings together 21 research units at 11 universities in 10 different countries.

What's New in Fine Arts? ASDS267 E01

Beyond Constantinople: Connecting the Dots in Medieval Culture
Eva Baboula, D.Phil., Department of Art History and Visual Studies
Friday, March 4: 12:30 to 1:45pm

Eva Baboula (D.Phil., Oxford, 2003) is an assistant professor in the Department of Art History & Visual Studies, UVic. Her early work was on the use and exchange of metals in the Late Bronze Age of Crete and Cyprus. In recent years her interests have turned to historical periods. She teaches mainly on the arts of the East Mediterranean from the Late Antique to the Late Medieval periods. Her current research is centered on the study of cross-cultural encounters in the Crusader and Late Byzantine periods and the connections of medieval Constantinople with the Middle East, Italy and France.

What's New in Law? ASDS255 E01

Consumer Debt and the Law: Assessing Law's Responses to Consumer Vulnerability in the Mainstream and "Fringe" Consumer Credit Markets
Freya Kodar, LL.M., Faculty of Law, UVic
Friday, March 11: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Freya Kodar is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at UVic. Her research focuses on two core areas: the regulation of debt and credit, and pension law and policy. She regularly teaches Debtor and Creditor Relations, Pension Law and Policy, and Torts. In the debtor and creditor field, her work focuses on regulatory responses to rising levels of consumer debt, with particular attention to vulnerable consumers and the alternative consumer credit market. In this context she has looked at financial literacy measures and payday loan regulation. She is currently working on a project, funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia, looking at regulatory responses to consumer vulnerability in the mainstream and alternative financial markets.

What's New in Social Sciences? ASDS240 E02

Mysteries of the Human Face
Jim Tanaka, PhD, Department of Psychology, UVic
Friday, April 1: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Jim Tanaka is a professor of psychology in the Cognition and Brain Sciences Program and the Neurosciences Program at the University of Victoria. He is the Director of the Different Minds Laboratory and the Centre for Autism Research, Technology and Education (CARTE). Jim's research examines the cognitive, neural and social processes of face recognition. He studies the mysteries of human face recognition and how autism affects a child's ability to recognize facial identity and emotion. We know a person by their face. It defines our uniqueness; who we are in the present, who we were in the past and who we will be in the future. In a brief glance of a person's face, we know their identity, what they are feeling and make judgments about their attractiveness and trustworthiness. For most of us, these perceptions are effortless and automatic, but for individuals with autism, finding the meaning in a face is not always easy. How do we recognize a face and what happens when the face recognition system breaks down?

What's New in Science? ASDS268 E01

Light Sensitivity in Fish: A Lot More Than Meets the Eye
John Taylor, PhD, Department of Biology, UVic
Friday, April 8: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Dr. John Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at UVic. His interest in biology stems from growing up watching nature shows on an old black and white TV. Today in his lab he studies animals in a different way. Dr. Taylor works at the level of the genome, studying differences in genes in different species and in different individuals. A recent project studies opsin genes in fish. Opsins are connected to the light receptors in the eye that influence colour vision. Some fish have many more opsins than humans and Dr. Taylor is interested to see how this influences their vision. In this talk, he will focus on the great diversity of light sensitive opsin proteins that are found in the eyes and, interestingly, in many other tissues in fish. One fish that will get special attention is the Starry Flounder, a local species that has become a model in his lab for studying opsin genes and fish vision.

What's New in Education? ASDS280 E01

The Importance of Philosophical Study for Teacher Candidates
Graham McDonough, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UVic
Friday, April 15: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Graham McDonough is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and an Associate Fellow in the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, UVic. His research focuses on a philosophical approach to Catholic Education, and his major contributions in this area are two books: the single-authored Beyond Obedience and Abandonment: Toward a Theory of Dissent in Catholic Education (McGill–Queen's University Press, 2012), and a co-edited anthology, with Nadeem Memon and Avi Mintz, entitled Discipline, Devotion, and Dissent: Jewish, Catholic, and Islamic Schooling in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013). His past research work has included examining how Philosophy has been taught to high school students in Ontario. He has also written on the integration of theory and practice for teacher candidates, which informs his approach to teaching philosophy of education courses for both undergraduate teacher candidates and graduate students.

What's New in Engineering? ASDS281 E01

Hardware Attacks: The New Threats to our Infrastructures
Fayez Gebali PhD, PEng, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UVic
Thursday, April 28: 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Dr. Gebali received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (first class honors) from Cairo University, his B.Sc. in Mathematics (first class honors) from Ain Shams University, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia where he was a holder of an NSERC postgraduate scholarship. Dr. Gebali is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UVic. His research interests include hardware security, parallel algorithms, cryptography, digital communications, and computer arithmetic.

Coming Up

2/10 A Brief History of Russia
2/10 British India: Its Rise and Fall, 1700-1947
2/10 Destination: Aegea
2/10 Green Shores Training Program: Level 2 Workshop
2/11 Writing for Children
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